Mine Workers Union serves Newmont strike notice

ANKRAHThe Mine Workers Union has served Newmont Ghana a notice of an intended strike over stalled salary negotiations.

A letter of the notice of the strike sighted by Times Business on Friday said “We have observed with grave concern, management’s inertia and intransigence posturing towards the 2014 negotiations.

“Our apprehension is further heightened by the protracted and the positional bargaining stance adopted by Management ostensibly to unduly delay and frustrate the negotiations forour Branch & PMS Unions,” the letter which was addressed to the Vice President – Human Resources, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, said..

The letter signed by Prince William Ankrah, General Secretary of the Mine Workers Union said “This ugly posture cannot be entertained any longer having exhausted our patience since October, 2014. The monotonous,and what in our view, amounts to elementary negotiations style where Management keeps emphasizing its preferred approach to concluding a deal is indeed astonishing.”

It said “Needless to say, there is no logic in prioritizing a framework for future negotiations whilst the substantive monetary issues for 2014/15 negotiations for our PMS and Branch Unions have not been achieved.”

The letter said “It is regrettable that your approach has escalated the already hightened expectations of our membersto simmering tension beyond what the Union could contain in our constituencies in your operationalsites.”

“Consequently, we are left with no other option than to officially notify you in line with Section 159 of the Labour Act 2003, (Act 651) and notice is hereby given today FridayMarch 13 2015, that the Union will embark on strike to press home our demands,” it said.

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